Stun grenades fired during Tshwane unrest - As it happened

2017-02-24 17:00

Stun grenades have been fired by police as protests over immigrants continued in Tshwane.


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Peace-loving South Africans need to reject groups trying to blame immigrants for crime and unemployment, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has said.

In December 2016, the DA mayor said illegal immigrants in the country were criminals. “They are holding our country to ransom and I am going to be the last South African to allow it,” he said.

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One hundred and thirty six people have been arrested during the unrest, acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.

“Although people from Mamelodi marched peacefully, a group from Atteridgeville threw stones and bricks. Confrontation with non-South Africans ensued,” he told reporters.


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Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has said that South Africans should blame the government for lack of jobs, and not other Africans living in the country.

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Protestors are trying to march to Sunnyside but police have managed to stop them.

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0 tolerance for all criminal activities. We cannot allow situation to be overhanded by crowd. We use proportional force - Phahlane

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136 people arrested over 24 hours. Unable to confirm how many arrested are South African and how many aren't.

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The situation may be exaggerated by some for their own gain. At this stage, the situation remains under control - Phahlane

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SAPS has exercised maximum restraint and they have also contained violence. We caution those engaging in violence - Phahlane

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Phalane: Those inciting violence will face the law

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Law enforcement acted speedily in arresting 156 people since last night - Phahlane

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Although people from Mamelodi marched peacefully, a group from Atteridgeville threw stones and bricks. Confrontation with Non-SAns ensued.

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A march was approved for people of Mamelodi to march to Home Affairs offices here in Tshwane. SAPS has been monitoring - Phahlane

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Zuma: In Europe they don't want immigrants but you never hear the word xenophobic

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Zuma says it is debatable that South Africans are xenophobic or the country wouldn't have this many immigrants.

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SA Group accusing SAPS of being paid off by the foreign nationals. 'Mapodisa a rata chelete' they sing.

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Foreign nationals involved in a tense stand-off with marchers protesting their presence in Pretoria said on Friday that South Africa is their home.

"This is my country. We can't go," Olayinka Ogunjimi told News24, standing with some of his countrymen.

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Zuma: It will be a sad day when crime and drugs cause chaos in the country

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Some of the leaders are pleading with the group to get back into the taxis so they can be dropped off back at home.

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Zuma: only 5% of foreigners here are refugees

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Zuma says media must be careful to label protests as xenophobic.

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Zuma: Whether South African or foreign that person must be dealt with.

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Zuma: I had a meeting with ministers on what it is we can do to fight crime

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Zuma says he spoke to police in Nyanga who express difficulty in dealing with crime.

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Zuma: if there are people who occupy houses and use them for crime this will make people angry.

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Zuma says crime is affecting everyone and people are fed up.

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SA Group - those are our brothers, we want peace. We just want our government to listen to us, says one group leader.

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